Vancouver Back Pain Linked with Sarcopenia and Back Muscle Degeneration

Sarcopenia finds many of us some day if we live long enough! Muscle degeneration comes with aging. Many of us won’t escape it. Sarcopenia is the degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass, quality and strength that goes with aging. But back pain severity is more related to back muscle degeneration than sarcopenia. The more back muscle degeneration, the more back pain is experienced. (1) Vancouver Spine Care Centre takes care of older Vancouver back pain patients to manage their back pain and manage its effect on their lives as they age gracefully.

MUSCLE DEGENERATION AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

Aging and life affect muscle strength. A recent report states that after having had a back surgery, post-surgical back pain patients’ MRIs revealed muscle degeneration in all of them. Type 2 fatty degeneration was most frequently seen over other types of changes like inflammation and scarring. (2) Muscle degeneration contributes to patients’ experiences of back pain.

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BACK PAIN AND MUSCLE DEGENERATION IN OLDER FOLKS

Chronic changes in back muscles occur throughout the spine in the long run. Acute changes right after injury are seen within a few days. Researchers wanted to know if these changes came before or after the injury. They found that the multifidus muscle decreased quickly after lumbar injury at the level of injury. (3) In the latest study of patients over 65 years of age, 40% of chronic low back pain patients had sarcopenia. 26.6% of the control group (those who didn’t have chronic low back pain) had sarcopenia. The skeletal muscle mass was much lower and body fat ratio was much higher in the chronic low back pain patients. Lumbar multifidis and erector spine muscles were much lower in the chronic low back pain group, too. (4) Vancouver chiropractic patients with sarcopenia deal with back pain and other issues that chiropractic tackles.

SARCOPENIA PAIN AND OTHER ISSUES’ EFFECTS

Vancouver Spine Care Centre sees males and females with sarcopenia and other spinal problems in its Vancouver chiropractic practice. Sarcopenia in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis was much more prevalent in females than males over 70 years old. In another study, 13.9% of patients had sarcopenia which was accompanied by dyslipidemia and cardiovascular disease. They also had lower body weight, body mass, grip strength, and walking distance. These patients felt pain more deeply. (5) Your Vancouver chiropractor knows this and gently manages their experience of pain and its source with gentle chiropractic treatment and exercise.

CONTACT Vancouver Spine Care Centre

Schedule a Vancouver chiropractic appointment with Vancouver Spine Care Centre for back pain issues associated with sarcopenia and degenerated back muscles. Aging, back pain and degeneration do not have to prevent you from enjoying your life!

Vancouver Spine Care Centre relieves a lot of back pain and sees a lot of related sarcopenia and back muscle degeneration. 
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